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    Lowering springs ..

    Cheers people ...
    I'v had some lowering springs fitted to my sxi (mk 4) ..
    I thought that they were a 40mm drop, but they don't seem to have made much difference. The handling seems more responsive, but the car seems no lower .. (poss a bit on the front)..
    Do the springs need time to settle ??? They have only been on for 10 days ..

    Take it easy people ...

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    They do need to settle in a bit, and being stiffer they do help with the handling but . . .

    Yours being an SXi was 20mm lower than standard to start off with.
    The springs may be 40mm , but designed to be 40 lower than standard.

    So it's only maybe dropped 20mm.
    I think I'm right in saying this.


    I wish I'd thought of that when I got mine (SXi) :shock:

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    Thought as much .. They are progressive springs so to be honest they are pretty comfortable on straights and round town, but they do buck right up when needed on A roads ...
    Cheers for the reply dude ..

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    If thats the case M40C00 (SXI being lowered 20mm as standard) what is a Sport lowered to? I have an Astra G Sport.
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    Sorry rich, I ain't that much of an anorak !!!
    Someone will know though.
    I know about the SXi, because I've got one.

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    Pretty sure Sport is same as SXi ie -20mm lower than standard
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    Hooks, what size wheels have you got, and have you a bodykit on the car?

    just want to know as I'm wanting 40mm drop but dont want too low but do want it noticable :?

    also where from/how much was the springs, proressive springs?! sounds good.

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    I've got Eibach springs (30mm) all round and the rears are progressive and the fronts linear springs... It's noticable and that kit itself is more towards looks than function as at least the front end isn't stiff enough (this is after it's been worn in)... but still, heaps better than the stockies. Now with (at least one axle) with Koni, it's way more controlled than ever. Going over speed bumps and you can feel instantly that it doesn't bounce up and down on the stiffer springs.

    Mind you testing the shocks off the car in rebound rates, there's considerably more force needed to extend the Koni compared to the stock ones. And whilst Koni doesn't return to the original position quickly, the stock ones do.

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    That's interesting you thinking the fronts are not stiff enough.

    Do you think you may have been better off getting a spring + shocks kit instead of just springs ?

    I got just springs, cos I'm cheap ( ), but don't drive the car hard at the moment, because of my Rieger bodykit.

    I was thinking if I made it stiffer I may not need to drive so careful to stop the front bumper hitting the ground.

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    Ask me again about this next weekend when I put the Koni on the front.

    I think it's 'ideal' to go the shock & spring combo but the thing is I too am a tight-ass so I was forced to wait till someone sold their 'go-fast' bits 2nd hand which both the springs and shocks were but all < 1 y.o. and have done very little mileage.

    When I lowered my car, I was scrapping every single speed bump with my mudflaps mainly coz the shocks couldn't really stop the car from rebounding twice but since then I've relocated my mudflaps about an inch higher than stock.

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